Aesthetes And Decadents Of The 1890s: An Anthology Of British Poetry And Prose by Karl BecksonAesthetes And Decadents Of The 1890s: An Anthology Of British Poetry And Prose by Karl Beckson

Aesthetes And Decadents Of The 1890s: An Anthology Of British Poetry And Prose

EditorKarl Beckson

Paperback | August 30, 2005

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The Aesthetic and Decadent Movement of the late 19th century spawned the idea of "Art for Art's Sake," challenged aesthetic standards and shocked the bourgeosie. From Walter Pater's study, "The Renaissance to Salome, the truly decadent collaboration between Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, Karl Beckson has chosen a full spectrum of works that chronicle the British artistic achievement of the 1890s. In this revised edition of a classic anthology, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" has been included in its entirety; the bibliography has been completely updated; Professor Beckson's notes and commentary have been expanded from the first edition published in 1966. The so-called Decadent or Aesthetic period remains one of the most interesting in the history of the arts. The poetry and prose of such writers as Yeats, Wilde, Symons, Johnson, Dowson, Barlas, Pater and others are included in this collection, along with sixteen of Aubrey Beardsley's drawings.
Karl Beckson wass editor or co-editor of three previous books on leading figures of the 1890's, most recently Max and Will: Max Beerbohm and William Rothenstein, their Friendship and Letters. Professor of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he took his BA at Arizona and his PhD at Columbia. He died in 2008.
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Title:Aesthetes And Decadents Of The 1890s: An Anthology Of British Poetry And ProseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:337 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.79 inPublished:August 30, 2005Publisher:Chicago Review Press

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The last decade of the 19th century was a period of experimentation in the arts, when "shocking the bourgeoisie" was as important as challenging existing aesthetic standards. In his introduction to this classic anthology, Karl Beckson traces the development of the Decadent, or Aesthetic Movement

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"... this anthology has never been bettered....The selections are first-rate..." — Washington Post